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The prestigious "2017 Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences" was awarded Sunday to Lebanese national Dr. Huda Zoghbi for discoveries related to rare neurological disorders Spinocerebellar ataxia and Rett Syndrome.Zoghbi was one of five winners in the Life Sciences category who each received $3 million in prize money at the event hosted by actor Morgan Freeman, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, Google co-founder Sergey Brin and others.Zoghbi, a Lebanese national born in Beirut, began her studies at the American University of Beirut in 1973 .Alongside Freeman, Zuckerberg and Brin, the fifth annual Breakthrough Prize was hosted by the other award founders, entrepreneur and former wife of Brin, Anne Wojcicki; Zuckerberg's wife and philanthropist Priscilla Chan, and Russian billionaire venture capitalist Yuri Milner and his wife Julia Milner.
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